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  • Muslims serve water in stricken Flint Michigan

    By Muzammil Ahmed, Special to TMO Flint, Michigan (1/28/2016) – “I am sorry and I will fix it!” Over a hundred thousand residents of Flint, Michigan received an apology from the Governor of Michigan last December. It was the governor’s appointed emergency manager that switched the water supply of Flint to a cheaper alternative in

  • Dream big and never give up

      Faisal Masood & Sabiha Ansari Sometimes becoming an entrepreneur happens by accident. When the World Bank sent one of its employees, Sayed Ibrahim, for higher studies to the US in 1991, the thought that he would never return to Sudan did not occur to him. Due to the political upheaval at the time, Sayed

  • Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Atlanta Muslim Researcher Spotlight

    Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Atlanta Muslim Researcher Spotlight

    By Amr Omar AtlantaMuslim.com More and more, the Muslim community, along with other faith-based communities, are realizing the importance of mental health. Particularly, millennials and the youth today are realizing how to separate mental health from spiritual and physical health, while also understanding a loose connection between the three. Despite this, there still remains a strong

  • The legalization of homosexual marriage: #lovedidn’twin

    The legalization of homosexual marriage: #lovedidn’twin

    By Shariq Hafeez TMO Contributing Writer For those of you unfamiliar with the popularized hashtag #LoveWins, allow me to summarize. #LoveWins blazed like a wildfire across the internet on the friday of June 26th. It’s embers and ashes still have a potent heat even today. 502 posts about #LoveWins were made in just the last

  • Wheaton faculty recommends college drop actions against professor

    Wheaton faculty recommends college drop actions against professor

    By Emily McFarlan Miller Religion News Service  CHICAGO — Wheaton College’s faculty council unanimously recommended that the administration drop termination proceedings against Professor Larycia Hawkins, according to an email to the faculty obtained by RNS. Hawkins, a tenured associate professor of political science, was placed on administrative leave after she expressed the belief that Muslims

  • Color-coded confessions:  background shades of the marriage process

    Color-coded confessions: background shades of the marriage process

    By Shazia Kamal Alt Muslimah “He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely able to contain her excitement, my mother grabs her reading glasses

  • Restaurant review: Ellie’s Desi Kitchen

    By Sameer Sarmast Two feet of snow, catching up with Making a Murderer on Netflix and dreaming about beach season; these are the things that I can imagine went through most New Yorkers minds this weekend. Yet while everyone else was locked inside their dwellings and had nowhere to go, I was soaking up the

  • A year after Charlie Hebdo, France is still searching for answers

    A year after Charlie Hebdo, France is still searching for answers

    France has had a tumultuous time in the year since two brothers opened fire in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11, before going on to murder another five people in Paris. Just ten months later, the November 13 attacks showed that the threat of terrorism had not receded. And just weeks after the second

  • Indoctrination is not the real issue in public school lessons on Islam

    Indoctrination is not the real issue in public school lessons on Islam

    Linda K. Wertheimer  Religion News Service Opponents of lessons on Islam often claim that Christianity takes a back seat in public schools’ religious instruction. That’s what an Augusta County, Va., mother argued recently when she opposed a teacher’s use of the Muslim statement of belief in a calligraphy exercise. She held a forum at a local

  • Why Muslims should especially care about MLK Day

    Why Muslims should especially care about MLK Day

    By Aisha Yaqoob  AtlantaMuslim.com I practiced it over and over again for weeks on end. I was reciting the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to family and friends, trying to memorize his “I Have a Dream” speech for an extra credit assignment in the 6th grade. At the time, Dr. King’s words were nothing more

  • White privilege and racism in American ‘justice’ laid bare

    White privilege and racism in American ‘justice’ laid bare

    By Sameed Khan TMO Contributing Writer White privilege is a secret idea: a subtle, quiet thing that steals into many important aspects of our lives and the American situation. Whites routinely have an easier time finding jobs, are more likely to find adequate housing and are more likely to get accepted into institutions of higher

  • Choosing a childfree present

    Choosing a childfree present

    By Farzana Gardee “Do you want to be in your marriage?” She asked me, matter-of-factly. For months I wrestled with this question, always too afraid to broach it during daylight hours. But here we were, in her bright little office, and her words flooded the room. On that day, I did not have an answer

  • Carry The Future helps Syrian refugees on the move

    Carry The Future helps Syrian refugees on the move

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Reporter “I got back on November 9th, and there hasn’t been a day since that I haven’t thought about them,” said Vice President of Carry The Future, Desi Burns-Porter, while holding back tears talking about the Syrian refugees. Carry The Future is a non-profit organization that began in efforts of

  • The power of fear

    The power of fear

    By Jennifer Zobair We’ve just returned from an unexpected trip to Florida, where we encountered anoles on a daily basis. These small, quick lizards dart onto sidewalks from under the cover of grass and shrubs and appear suddenly on the sides of buildings from behind shutters and gutters. Their presence unsettled me, not just because

  • Got pasta?

    Got pasta?

    By Noor H. Salem I have to admit, prior to dealing with my clients, I was oblivious of how much of a comfort food pasta is to many. While it’s easy to make, possibly fun for some to eat, and cheap, it’s not the healthiest food to be putting inside your body. I had a

  • It’s time to stop referring to terrorists as ‘jihadists’

    By Engy Abdelkader The New York Times recently ran the following headline, “Jihadists deepen collaboration in North Africa.”  Here, “jihadists” refers not to Muslim physicians engaged in humanitarian efforts or activists united in their struggle to impact climate change.  Rather, the ubiquitous term meant affiliates of Al-Qaeda.  With the rise of IS, and another U.S.

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